Although I cannot dispute that the Addison Central School District’s push to consolidate our elementary schools is one plausible solution to what they deem a taxpayer issue, as an elementary school parent of four I cannot help but question if the board’s emphasis is being placed on the wrong syllable. Yes, closing schools and creating larger class sizes at fewer facilities will cut costs, but are the cut costs worth the impacts on our children and are the costs they are proposing even reasonable to begin with? At the Ripton Elementary School classes consist of two grades, together averaging...

RIPTON — Teacher Steve Holmes has joined the ranks of the school faculty at The North Branch School in Ripton. Homes will teach seventh, eighth and ninth grade math to its students. In addition, Rose McVay, longtime NBS math and science teacher, will assume the additional role of associate head of school while continuing to teach the three-year science curriculum. “Along with teaching math with enthusiasm, expertise, and humor, Steve brings a great number of interests and skills — from robotics, rocketry, drawing, coaching, juggling, computer programming, 3-D printing, photography, animation...

RUNNERS MOVE OUT at last year’s Ripton Ridge Run. This year’s run is on Sunday, Oct. 13.
RIPTON — Over the past 32 years, the Ripton Ridge Run has managed to become a shared time to celebrate the town’s natural beauty, play out competitive spirit, and bring an ethical mindset and activist drive to the forefront. This year’s race, on Sunday, Oct. 13, starts at 12:30 at the Ripton Elementary School on the Ripton-Lincoln Rd., less than a mile from the Ripton Country Store. There are two courses: a 5K run/fun walk or wheel and a 10.4K run. Ripton regularly welcomes the skier, angler, hiker, and biker, and this October she welcomes runners, and non-runners, families, teams, partners,...
There has been a great deal written about the pros and cons of keeping Ripton Elementary School open; and, with the best of intentions, most of the positions have been built upon facts and figures dealing with populations, resources and money. While our community does its best to logically allocate available funds, there are times we need to step out from the shade of pure reason’s umbrella and allow the heat of emotion to touch us. In the Thai language, when you want someone to calm down you tell them to “chill their heart.” Well, I don’t think we should be calm at the prospect of having our...
RIPTON — ON SATURDAY, OCT. 5, at 7:30 p.m., the Swedish band Kolonien will perform at the Ripton Community House. Doors open at 7 p.m.  The four members of Kolonien grew up in the traditional Swedish music scene. As Kolonien they reinvent their roots, both instrumentally and vocally with their rich harmonies. Their music is fueled by the vision of a united world, taking them on multiple tours in Europe and beyond. Kolonien has released two albums, which have received Swedish Folk and World Music Awards.  Refreshments available. The Ripton Community House is wheelchair accessible. Call ahead...

RUTLAND RESIDENT GREG Zullo, left, leads a group discussion about educating people about their rights during the Vision for Vermont summit at Bread Load on Sept. 14. Photo courtesy of Jon Isham
BREAD LOAF — At the end of the second Vision for Vermont summit, which was held on Sept. 14 at the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College in Ripton, co-organizer and Charlotte resident Ruah Swennerfelt asked the 71 attendees to take home a pre-addressed postage-paid card. On the blank side of each card Swennerfelt had written with a red Sharpie one simple question. “What if?” Answering that question — dozens, if not hundreds or thousands of times — may hold the key to achieving the group’s goals, which include: • justice and equal rights for all. • responsible and effective government. •...
RIPTON — The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions (AVCC) will hold its Annual Summit on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College in Ripton. The summit is a day-long educational and networking event for community volunteers engaged in planning and caring for natural resources, with a particular focus on Vermont Conservation Design (VCD).  Vermont Conservation Design is Vermont’s current framework for investing in the state’s conservation future so that the state can sustain its valued natural areas, forests, waters, wildlife and plants for generations to...

RIPTON CURRENTLY STORES municipal salt and sand in this pile next to a branch of the Middlebury River off Peddler’s Bridge Road. The town wants to build a new structure off Lincoln Road where it will be able to safely house its salt/sand reserves. Independent photo/Steve James
RIPTON — Ripton officials hope to soon begin negotiations for a 2.63-acre parcel off Lincoln Road that would host a shed to contain the town’s road salt and sand reserves, which are currently tarped outdoors at a spot next to a branch of the Middlebury River. The town hopes to purchase land located at 643 Lincoln Road and owned by Levi and Joanna Doria. It abuts the Ripton Elementary School property at 753 Lincoln Road. As currently envisioned, the shed would be 72 feet by 136 feet. Ripton last year received a $356,000 grant through the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s Municipal Highway and...

BLUEGRASS BAND BEG, Steal, or Borrow will perform iconic tunes at the Ripton Community Coffee House on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Photo / Brian Carroll
RIPTON — Next Saturday, head up to the hills to hear Beg, Steal, or Borrow in concert at the Ripton Community Coffee House. The evening on Sept. 7 starts at 7 p.m. with open mic, followed by the featured performers. Beg, Steal, or Borrow plays traditional bluegrass and new grass with rhythmic drive, intricate instrumental arrangement and vocal harmonies. Formed in early 2013, this band has a mission to resurrect the music of the iconic bluegrass band Old and in the Way and have since grown into a solid repertoire of original material. This band won the title of Best Band at the 2017 Podunk...

PROPOSED CHANGES IN how the U.S. Forest Service defines the way it approaches compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act would reduce the ability of the public to give feedback before changes are made in the Green Mountain National Forest and other national forests.
ADDISON COUNTY — If a proposed change in federal land use rules goes through, the 90,000 acres of Green Mountain National Forest that fall within Addison County could see a lot more commercial logging, road building and utility corridors — all without environmental review or public input. “Basically, the rules would take the ‘public’ out of public land management,” said Jamey Fidel, Forest and Wildlife Program Director for the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC). At issue is a proposal by the United States Forest Service (USFS) to revise the way it interprets the National Environmental...


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